A new High Street app for communities in the Stirling local authority area launched yesterday.
The Westerton Arms in Bridge of Allan became the first business to work alongside the High Street First app, as certain hospitality businesses with outdoor spaces were able to reopen and begin serving customers.
The High Street First app connects customers to local businesses for an effortless shopping experience from your phone or tablet. Customers can use the app to browse local shops, place orders and arrange for collection or delivery of a wide selection of products including cards, gifts, flowers, homewares, hardware items and specialist drinks, butcher meats, fruit & veg, dry goods and other daily essentials.
After a change in lockdown restrictions, the local pub was able to reopen their beer garden, with an added extension in the carpark.
Using the High Street First app, the team at the Westerton are now able to take orders and payments with limited contact.
The High Street First initiative was born in Stirling and is very much a local idea that was created to support small businesses to do the best they can to keep going in these difficult times. The initiative is delivered by High Street First Scotland and is supported by The Scottish Government’s BIDs Resilience Fund, Discover Dunblane, Stirling Council, Scotland’s Towns Partnership, and Go Forth Stirling BID.
Kale Buchanan, general manager, said, “It’s great to be back open and serving our regular customers again. Through the app we are now able to ensure that our customers and staff are safe. Through the digital ordering service, the only contact with customers that servers have is to deliver the drinks to the tables.”
“It’s imperative that we maintain social distancing and we have also installed hand sanitizing stations in order to encourage our customers to regularly wash their hands.”
“This app allows us to meet government guidelines and continue the great service that the Westy has to offer.”
The app is available to download on Apple and Android devices on the app store and Google Play.
Image: customers enjoying a drink in the sun (High Street First).
News release from High Street first; edited by Scotland’s Towns Partnership.
The High Street First initiative has been established to support small businesses and communities across the Stirling Council local authority area by promoting the benefits of shopping locally and by supporting traders with a single marketplace ordering app and e-commerce website. The app and website can be used for ‘click and collect’ or deliveries, and for eateries and bars, for ‘order to your table’ service.
- Funding has been secured to support the onboarding of a number of eligible businesses and traders who have premises in the Stirling Council local authority area. This support will cover the costs of set-up, installation and provision of hardware, and associated subscription costs.
- The initiative is delivered by High Street First Scotland and is supported by The Scottish Government’s BIDs resilience fund, Discover Dunblane, Stirling Council, Scotland’s Towns Partnership, and Go Forth Stirling BID
- Funded support is available until October 2020.
- With High Street First we can make it very easy to eat, shop and drink local. One Town. One App.
High Street First, 14 High Street, Dunblane, FK15 0AD. T: 01786 497127
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